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A Virginia woman convicted of two hired killings is scheduled to die by injection Thursday and become the first woman put to death in Virginia in nearly a century, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block her execution.

By Washington Post Editors  | September 22, 2010; 12:04 PM ET
Categories:  Death Penalty, Updates, Virginia  
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The death penalty is underutilized by a factor of at least one hundred! In this individual's case, she did not 'actually' do the killing, but is being executed. The actual killers were spared and sentenced to life. NONSENSE. They should also be sent to their maker.

IMHO the death penalty should be expanded and applied to cases involving serious intentional bodily injury such as attempted murder, high level financial crimes (say over $500,000) and organized criminal activity detrimental to society (I'm including political payoffs and bribery cases).

Since Gary Gilmore was executed by firing squad in Utah over 30 years ago, just over one thousand executions have been carried out. In the same time frame, over HALF A MILLION murders took place in the USA. Where is the deterrence when it is so sparcely adjudicated and applied even less frequently. MANY murderers die of natural causes before sentence. Why? Because they are so unhealthy? NO! Because they lived 20-30 or more years after the adjudication.

Justice delayed is justice denied.

Execution should be carried out within two years of adjudication - period. This includes ALL appeals, etc. Yes, I know, some innocents will be executed. Human law is not a perfect endeavor. Then again, many innocents will not be killed by repeat offenders out on early release!

Posted by: thereasonableman | September 22, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

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